Patriots vs. Packers: AFC Playoff Scenarios Become Clearer Following Close Win
The AFC's playoff picture is taking shape following the New England Patriots' last-second victory over the Green Bay Packers in Gillette Stadium.
Here's a quick breakdown of how the AFC playoff picture looks after Sunday night's game.
New England Patriots, 12-2:
New England has already clinched a playoff berth, and can clinch the AFC East and the No. 1 seed with a win over Buffalo next week. They can also clinch with a Jets loss or tie against Chicago next week.
Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-4:
Pittsburgh has clinched a playoff berth and can clinch the AFC North with a win next week and a Ravens' loss. They can clinch a first-round bye with a win, AND a Patriots win AND a Ravens loss AND a Jets loss.
Indianapolis Colts, 8-6:
If they win their final two games, they take the South on a tiebreaker based on strength of schedule.
Kansas City Chiefs, 9-5:
Beat the Raiders and they win the AFC West. They can also clinch with a win and a Chargers loss.
WILD CARD CHASE:
New York Jets, 10-4:
Clinch a wild card with a win over Chicago next week. They can still win the AFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage with two wins and two Patriots' losses and a Ravens loss.
Baltimore Ravens, 10-4:
Can clinch a wild-card with a win this week. They can win the AFC North if they win out and Pittsburgh loses. They can also win the AFC's top seed with two wins AND a Steelers loss AND two Patriots losses AND two Jets wins.
Jacksonville Jaguars, 8-6:
Can win the AFC South with two wins and a Colts loss.
San Diego Chargers, 8-6:
Can win the AFC West with two wins and two Chiefs losses.
Oakland Raiders, 7-7:
Can take the West with two wins AND two Chiefs losses AND a Chargers loss. Cannot win a wild card.
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